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The Greatest Gift of All

Posted on Dec 24, 2017 in Pastors' Blog

Christmas causes us to ask the question, “Who is this?” If you were to ask the people of Nazareth, they may say: “he was Mary and Joseph’s son, who grew up a carpenter.” Jesus was not warmly received by everyone. In Mark 6, He went to his hometown of Nazareth and was coldly received by his peers and others with whom He was raised. If you were to ask the disciples, they would say: “He is the Lord of glory, who even the wind and waves obeyed Him!” (See Mark 4:35-41) If you were to ask the angels of heaven, they would say: “He is good news for all people- the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”...

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A Tribute to Eric M. Landoll

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Pastors' Blog

On April 7, 2017, we lost a dear man and good friend, Eric Landoll. The day of his memorial service contained some irony. On the one hand, it is not common, and certainly not fun, to reflect on a life that ended too soon. 48 years old is young by most standards. I’m sure you agree. On the other hand, nearly 300 guests gathered at his service to remember a young man who was loved and who loved many. It was a blessing to have known this quiet soul who would be the first to say hello; the first to ask how you were doing; and the first to greet you with a smile. Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “There...

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Why Go to Church?

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Pastors' Blog

This is a very good question, especially when more and more people are choosing not to attend church. The statistics regarding church attendance are unfortunate. According to a Gallup poll, 32% of Pennsylvanians attend church services weekly. 20% attend monthly. 47% seldom or never. Could it be that we are transitioning from a time when most people attended a weekly worship service, to now that most people do not? Our culture is growing more post Christian. But such trends should not affect you or me. In fact, such statistics are indicating that the church must become more intentional in its...

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How to Show Love on a Sunday Morning

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Pastors' Blog

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart… .” (1 Peter 1:22 ESV) “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” (1 Peter 2:1 ESV) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV) How do you show love on Sunday morning among God’s people? As a Christian, what are some ways to demonstrate that you are...

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Fear Not…

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in Pastors' Blog

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV) I recently read an article written by an older teenager named Jacki as she cited her three biggest fears (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/my-3-biggest-fears-as-a-teenager). They were the following: • Fear of the future; • fear of failure; • fear of intimacy and loneliness. In citing her fear of the future, Jacki said: “As teenagers, we start to realize the idealistic plans we made as kids aren’t sure things. We don’t have control.” Overwhelming can be the feeling of being,...

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